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Mar 19, 2011 5:30pm PDT
? what are the risks to the u.s., and what about the threats to bomb airlines? >>> tonight, disaster in the pacific as the frightening aftershocks continue. radiation turns up in the japanese food and water supply. amid signs of progress at the nuclear reactors. >>> good evening. it was a history-making day for this nation. a nation still at war in iraq and afghanistan. the u.s. has now joined a third battlefront, firing missiles into another nation, libya. a coalition of 21 countries trying to stop moammar gadhafi from waging war on his own people. before the attack, there were dramatic images of a libyan military plane brought down, not clear how, as gadhafi forcess continue to descend on the rebel stronghold. what is at risk for the united states tonight and what happens next? our team has been reporting on the big events all day, and we'll begin with martha raddatz in washington. martha. >> reporter: the u.s. and its allies said they would protect the people of libya, and that's what they're trying to do tonight, but there's no question we're at war once again, and the u.s. for now
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Mar 20, 2011 7:00am PDT
. this morning, target libya. u.s. and european forces pound libya overnight. with a barrage of missile they take out key targets as the u.s. gets embroiled in a new overseas conflict. and now moammar gadhafi is surrounding key sites with women and children to create a human shield. just how involved will the u.s. get and how will this conflict end? >>> hope and fear. nine days after the earthquake and tsunami, an incredible rescue. an 80-year-old woman and a teenage boy found alive. but then there's this. the drinking water in tokyo now tainted with radiation. >>> fall from grace. he was the most famous bear in the world. knut, the polar bear, has died at the young age of 4. so how did he go from the top of the world to this tragic end? >>> and bullied no more. this is the video giving hope to underdogs all over the world. this boy body-slams his bully. this morning he's finally telling his story. what made him snap? >>> good morning. the u.s. is now involved in its third overseas conflict. this one is called "operation odyssey dawn," and throughout the night, we saw images like these.
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Mar 15, 2011 4:00am PDT
small to threaten people there. the japanese government has reached out to the u.s. for nuclear advice. so, eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are now on their way to japan to try to help. rob and peggy? >> emily schmidt, thank you for that report. >>> and japanese officials dealing with the nuclear crisis are, quote, freaked out. that's according to one u.s. counterpart. >> that's putting it mildly. abc's akiko fujita joins us from narita, japan. so, how are the japanese people dealing with news of the leak? >> reporter: what we're seeing out in the stores is any indication, not dealing with it very well. we've heard of panic buying, even in tokyo, which you just heard is 170 miles south of the reactor. we have heard reports of stores being sold out of radios, flashlights, candles, fuel cans. essentially any emergency materials. we've also heard of grocery stores, their shelves being cleared. keep in mind that food and water was already in short supply immediately after the quake hit. people went out to the stores to stock up. now, with reports of the exp
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Mar 17, 2011 6:00pm PDT
condolences today in washington calling for a safety review of all u.s. nuclear plants and offered assurances that harmful levels would not reach the west coast. >> now, state health officials are trying to reassure us tonight that the west coast does not face a serious threat from japan. this one is in san francisco. and uc berkeley scientists put up one on top of the engineering building. california's director of public health says reports are not true. >> there are winds shift sog some will be blowing west. almost all will get washed out by storms that are there and dissipate. >> dr. backer says there may be a slight increase in radiation over next few day buzz amount will be no greater than what we're exposed to on a daily basis. >> many people continue to have concerns about dangerous radiation reaching our shores. rain freedman has been following this story and not everyone believes what they hear from the government. >> that is true. it's more of mistrust. and there are a lot of people still buying radiation dedoctors on ebay, and are buying pills in stores. and there are pe
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Mar 17, 2011 4:00am PDT
>>> breaking news this thursday morning. >> getting out. overnight, the u.s. government announces plans to airlift americans from danger. >> it's because of the critical situation at the devastated nuclear plant. workers on a race against time before radiation spreads. but one expert tells abc news, it's almost too late. >>> and good morning, everyone. i'm mike marusarz, in for rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. despite little radiation risk in most of japan, this morning, there's a race to leave the country. >> for the first time, the u.s. has authorized the evacuation of family members of american diplomats. charter planes are being used to fly americans away from danger. >> and the u.s. is pressuring japan to step up its efforts to avert a nuclear meltdown. they dropped sea water on the crippled reactors today. a heroic step, since the pilots are risking their lives to complete that mission. >> and the tokyo stock market, dropping once again. >>> it was a night of high-level phone calls over the nuclear crisis, as president obama spoke to the japanese prime minister. >> while
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Mar 21, 2011 11:35pm PDT
latest on tonight's fighting. but as president obama leads the u.s. into a third war in a muslim country, many wonder who exactly are we fighting for? we'll take you on a journey to a rebel stronghold for answers. >>> nuclear reality check. it's in the air, it's in the food, it's in the ocean. the fallout from japan's atomic catastrophe. do we know how far the radiation is spreading? what you need to know. >>> and the best kiss. this one was good. that one wasn't bad but no two hollywood smooches are alike. what was the greatest of all, the results next. >>> good evening, i'm bill weir. missiles and muzzle fire are lighting up the north african sky tonight as america and her allies continue to destroy the defenses of moammar gadhafi. the mission, according to president obama, was to stop the libyan dictate they are slaughtering more of his own people, but getting rid of gadhafi, not our job. for the moment, that task is still in the hands of a ragged group of rebels, and with more american blood and treasure on the line alexander markardt set out to find out. >> reporter: hundred
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Mar 18, 2011 4:00am PDT
u.s. for more help. the non-stop battle. >>> japan's newest heroes, firefighters volunteering to fight the nuclear monster. >>> good morning. we begin with breaking news in the middle east. the u.s. and allies are preparing for a military strike against the government of moammar gadhafi. >> it comes after a vote from the u.n. security council to protect civilians at all costs. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. for weeks now, the world condemned moammar gadhafi's people. now this puts force behind the words. four decades of moammar gadhafi's rule are challenged with a vote. >> translator: ten votes in favor. zero votes against. >> reporter: the u.n. security council voted a no-fly zone to protect rebels. >> this resolution demands an immediate cease-fire and an end to violence and attacks to civilians. >> reporter: this comes weeks after rebel resis tense. gadhafi said attacks are imminent. he said we are coming. we are for t looking for the tr and should have no mercy or c e compassi compassion. gadhafi's son said his family is not afraid. >> what is your fat
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Mar 22, 2011 4:00am PDT
ababab >>> making news this tuesday ll the u.s. lead the quest to crush gadhafi's forces? >>> severe spring weather. one of california's biggest rainmakers ever. spawning blizzards and tornadoes across the country. >>> and dancing debut. kirstie alley, even the karate kid, begin their quest for the mirrorball trophy. >>> good morning. the no-fly zone in libya appears easier to enforce this morning after another round of military might. >> here, now, are the latest developments from libya. u.s.-led air strikes lit up the skies over tripoli for a third night. >> but the american military commanders are looking to hand over control of this operation as soon as possible. >> president obama says, while moammar gadhafi needs to go, the libyan leader is not the target of the air strikes. emily schmidt begins our coverage this morning in washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: rob and peggy, good morning to you. moammar gadhafi has kept an uncharacteristically low profile the past couple of days. no signs of him amidst all the signs of an expanding no-fly zone. for yet anot
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Mar 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
has reached out to the iaea, the international atomic energy agency and to the u.s. the japanese determined here in a desperate race to avoid a catastrophic meltdown. entire families who escaped the shadow of the doomed nuclear power reactors are coming here worried they were exposed to radiation. we were given extraordinary access to the test sites where medical teams wearing hazmat suits used megaphones to direct the parents and their children where to go. they're using geiger counters and hand-held scanners checking everyone one by one, especially the most vulnerable, the children scanning this little girl's hair, and there are countless young faces here. there are three nuclear reactors in trouble tonight at what's called the fukushima daiichi plant. just two days ago an explosion at reactor one released radioactive material into the air, then just yesterday a second blast at reactor three releasing more, and while dramatic, these are not the worst case scenarios. tonight there is new concern about reactor 2 becoming dangerously overheated. inside each of those buildings it's
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Mar 22, 2011 4:30am PDT
joining us. i'm kristen sze. >> and i'm eric thomas. >> a u.s. military jet has crashed. they say the plane was not shot down. both crew members on board managed to eject before the plane crash. one crew member has recovered safely and the operation to get the other crew member is underway now. terry mcsweeney is gathering details and have an update coming up. >>> manpower the roads are wet. we'll get to the latest on our storm with mike. >> we are saying there is a window for clearing that road? >> that is about right now until 2:00 or 4:00. we do have scattered showers mainly over the east bay valleys down to the southern section of the santa clara valley. heaviest rain moving into the eastern section of alameda county, altamont pass, livermore you may run into a shower there. also south of san jose, right along 101, gilroy, that is where we're seeing a little light rain. one more shower in the northern parts of napa county. this is going to bring us heavier rain with a cold front. first, let's go over to megan to find out your morning commute. >> we do have a wind advisory on the b
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Mar 27, 2011 8:00am PDT
week." u.s. and allied bombs and missiles hammer libyan targets. the rebels gain ground. and the president prepares to make his pitch to the american people. >> it's u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> what if gadhafi stays? just back from the middle east, defense secretary robert gates and secretary of state hillary clinton come to "this week" for the first interviews since the attacks began to make the president's case. what does victory look like? can it be achieved? and at what cost? >>> then -- >> i don't have any regrets at all. >> what would donald rumsfeld do in a third war. and he'll respond to critics who say he's been rewriting history. >>> and george will and the "roundtable" will debate the libyan mission, the president's message. and why one hopeful is having a tough time agreeing with himself. >> announcer: live from the newseum. "this week" with christiane amanpour starts now. >> good morning, i'm jake tapper. christiane is off today. >>> some major developments in libya. rebel forces have scored a key victory taking back the oil town of brega in the east. th
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Mar 19, 2011 7:00am PDT
intervention from the u.s. and its allies within hours. and david kerley is with the president, who is beginning a trip to latin america, in brazil. good morning, david? >> reporter: the president is in brazil now. waiting to see if the unpredictable moammar gadhafi heeds his warning. and gadhafi may have answered in the last several hours. and that letter that you mentioned, calling the u.n. resolution invalid. and his forces continue to strike at the rebels in the east. this morning, a striking image. a libyan fighter plane, shot down by rebel forces battling moammar gadhafi. the libyan leader had reportedly been bombing the rebels inside his country, despite president obama's stark warning just 12 hours earlier. >> a cease-fire must be implemented immediately. let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >> reporter: within hours of that statement, gadhafi's government scrambled, saying it's declared a cease-fire. but this morning, the fighting continues. and there are new questions about if and when the united states and its allies will have to enforce a cease-fire. so, the all
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Mar 24, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. just as we go on the air tonight, we're learning of an agreement for the u.s. to hand over a huge part of that bold operation over libya. and tonight, an abc news exclusive. martha raddatz with extraordinary access. behind me, you're looking at the "uss kearsarge." and that's where american jets have been taking off to pound gadhafi targets from the mediterranean. martha spending hours on board with the american commander. tonight, the latest on these new u.s. plans to hand over partial control and she has new details about the rescue of those u.s. pilots ejecting from 22,000 feet. and tough questions for the commander. will this operation be a success in the end? martha landed back at a u.s. naval base in italy just a short time ago and has more on these latest developments. martha, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. there are a lot of details to be worked out about that nato plan, but we did spend a remarkable day jumping from warship to warship with the man currently in charge. general carter ham took charge of africa command on march 9th. ten days later, he was at
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Mar 27, 2011 5:30pm PDT
, as members of congress and many across this country ask, why is the u.s. part of this operation? his own defense secretary telling abc news today this is not a vital national interest. so, as the president prepares to address the nation tomorrow, can he convince americans that the u.s. should be involved in this operation? as the u.s. hands over power to nato, what is the end game for american forces? and will there be a deal for gadhafi to get him out? david kerley leads us off at the white house tonight. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. the administration attacked the air waves today, making its case a week into the bombing of libya, a day before the president's big speech. and even the president's own defense secretary admitted on abc's "this week" that libya did not pose a threat. >> do you think libya posed an actual imminent threat to the united states? >> no, no. it was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the united states. but it was an interest. >> reporter: an interest, gates says, because gadhafi threatened to slaughter his own people. facing congre
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Mar 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
building codes. sky scrapers built on springs. it was still devastating. today, scientists in the u.s. say we're unprepared. >> a number of cities are at risk on the eastern seaboard for major earthquakes. boston, new york city, charleston. >> reporter: it's not just california. the most dangerous zone is in the middle of the country. in the lower midwest. the last big one here was in 1895. and when, not if, when it happens again, millions would be left homeless and billions in damages. >> in the center of the united states, it's like a hard, cold slab that allows the energy to travel. in california, energy dissipates quicker. >> reporter: jerry is a geologist in memphis. he shows us old buildings that would never make it. they were built long before the strict codes. >> in areas that may receive the most damage, you would expect that those fire department buildings may not be operational. >> reporter: the scientists suggest we test early warning systems. which were working in japan and may have made a difference. they are pushing for more aggressive building codes. and new rules to reinfo
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Mar 16, 2011 11:00am PDT
japan to get more information. today the u.s. military sent two fire trucks to help battle fires at the fukushima plant. but they haven't been asked to use troops to help. meantime, japan's defense ministry decided against a proposed plan to dump water from helicopters over the badly damaged plants. radiation levels are just too high. you can see in this photo a big hole has opened in the containment vessel around the reactor, and large portions have collapsed. here is more on the plant workers who are putting their own workers putting their own lives in jeopardy to prevent a bigger catastrophe. >> reporter: they are the nameless, brave souls who volunteered or perhaps been asked to be the last line of defense. because they have specific skills and nerves of steel. five workers have already died and two are missing after the latest fire and two dozen are injured. nuclear experts say the skell ton crew are not managers, but probably technicians, men with the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix the clogged vents. they have crawled through the dark mazes, armed with flash lig
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Mar 17, 2011 7:00am PDT
u.s. tells americans to evacuate the danger zone and sends in planes to get them out of japan. >>> and two exclusive interviews. tiger and trump. we go airborne with donald trump, who is sounding more like a candidate for president. >> part of the beauty of me is that i'm very rich. if i need $600 million, i can put up $600 million myself. >> and tiger tees off about his frustrations on the golf course. and the challenge of living life as a single dad. >>> and good morning, america, on this st. patrick's day. the latest developments this morning. steam still rising from three of those nuclear reactors. one of those, worse, in fact. it shows the plant at a very critical point. and japanese officials saying, a slight radiation increase is too small to harm the 39 million people around tokyo. >> here's what happened when you were asleep. you saw the military helicopters. they tried to dump 30 tons of sea water on the reactors. they go over it. and a lot of the water dissipates before it hits them. even if all of it went in, all 30 tons, that would be a drop in the bucket. just to give you
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Feb 28, 2011 5:30pm PST
their house searching for u.s. products. all about creating more american jobs. >>> good evening. we begin tonight with a u.s. exclusive, moammar gadhafi. the flamboyant and brutal dictator at the center of the firestorm in libya. today our christiane amanpour became the only american reporter to sit with gadhafi. he refused to acknowledge libyan protesters. he laughed at demands that he step down, even as anti-government forces rage across his country. so let's go right away to christiane in tripoli. good evening, christiane. you sat right across from the man. the whole world is wondering what he'll do next. what did you hear? reporter: well, diane, i see he was relaxed and focused, determined to tell his side of the story. he exhibited no sense of a siege mentality. on the other hand, he remains incapable of realizing that in this country there is an uprising against him. colonel gadhafi emerged from the first of a convoy of cars, greeting us at a beachfront restaurant as the sun set over the mediterranean. in his trademark flowing robes and gold-rimmed aviator shades, he looked ev
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Mar 22, 2011 5:00am PDT
. bringing the climate change law to a halt. >> u.s. fighter jet goes down in libya, two crew members on board and the latest on coming up. >> tons of rock come crashing down from a santa cruz county cliff. >> forecast coming up, we'll talk about heavy rains in the santa cruz mountains. it's focused in the can of airport delays, snow near boston and minneapolis and severe weather is possible in kansas city and st. louis. go to www.abc7.com where you can find flight tracker. >>> a rock slide has geologists in a race against time. >> here is a live look at dry downtown san francisco, toward the east bay hills, it's not going to last very long. wet weather on the way. heavy at times and even stronger storm that may cause more flooding thursday. >> good morning. chp has issued a wind advisory for the bay bridge. just got word that the vallejo ferry service has been cancelled. >> also this morning, prosecutors will lay out their case against former giants' slugger barry bonds. >> and a marin county sanitation district is looking for a criminal investigation of a spill that dumped 2 million ga
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Mar 18, 2011 4:30am PDT
energy plant and fire trucks including one from the u.s. have been able to reach the cooling pool and building 3 this morning. panic is spreading around the plant and reported 10,000 people are fleeing even outside the evacuation zone. more than 16,000 people have been confirmed dead or missing since the quake struck a week ago. now the latest from japan. >> reporter: it's an all out battle to save the fukushima daiichi plant. they went in with high pressure water cannons to spray water to avert a potential meltdown. cruises went in with helicopters dropping 30 tons of sea water. that did little to cool it down at the site site and they said they would not resume aerial operations for now. 300 men are working around the clock to save the plant all opting to remain nameless. a wife sharing her husband e-mail. please live well, i won't be home for a while. >> friday morning a bus now on the way from sendai to tokyo for those worried about the uncertainty ahead. all of the focus is the nuclear reactor has overshadowed the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold. the death toll now s
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Mar 13, 2011 8:00am PDT
staging ground for u.s. and other international help rushing in. the government is concerned about a second meltdown at a second reaction, and a possible explosion there. it's playing down the idea of leakage of nuclear radiation. and we're going to talk about that. we're going the talk about what we saw today. my team and i went to the north where most devastation has been. my colleagues have reached some of the worst hit areas. as aid officials are also reaching those areas for the first time. we'll have all that in the broadcast. >>> later, jake tapper, my colleague, will turn to all the news from washington. president obama and the united states administration are not only having to monitor this crisis but also the civil war in libya. and as well, a bitter budget battle on capitol hill. but first, to the situation here in japan. let's look at a map of the country. the earthquake struck just off the coast of japan. it sent strong tremors at least 200 miles from the epicenter. the tsunami wave destroyed and damaged two-thirds of the east coast of this island nation. and now, govern
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00am PDT
hit. secretary of state hillary clinton has met with japan's ambassador to offer u.s. assistance. here is the latest. >> in parts of japan hit by an earthquake flattened by a tsunami, a third risk now looms, fears of nuclear meltdown. >> this veekt says it's the most frightening thing but signs of what is happening at the fukushima daiichi plant are not good. all four reactors have had issues including three exposes explosions. >> the prime minister says the leaked radiation level is rather high. >> now we are talking about levels that can impact human health. i would like all of you to take this information calmly. keep inside the house. >> japanese television echoed the warnings affecting 140,000 people. 70,000 have already evacuated. nearby test sites are checking people to see if they have been exposed to radiation. >> this woman seven i worry very much about the radiation. i don't even know what to do. even in tokyo, there are reports of slightly higher radiation levels but they say it's too small to threaten people there. hillary clinton met with japan's foreign minister who expr
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Mar 25, 2011 2:05am PDT
the conflict. people want to understand what a allies are, rebels and why the u.s. is involved. queries continue for details from japan as internet users look for information on the water supply and images of the disaster. look-ups for the shocking video showing the tsunami sweeping away entire communities are up 134%. word of elizabeth taylor's death sent people running to their laptops and smartphones as soon as the news broke. searches for her films, family and friendship with the late michael jackson soared off the chart. >>> in hollywood news people seemed to be obsessed with the ages of this season's contestants of "dancing with the stars." they're looking up the birthdays of kirstie alley, rob mash yo. "jersey shore" is spurs lots of buzz. snooki has become quite the internet darling. searches for her ramped up 773% this week. and she may have lots of potential dates after the show ends. two-thirds of those queries are coming from men, mostly in california, new jersey and illinois. it's no secret snooki has been a trend-setter when it comes to her hair. the snooki bump i
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Mar 17, 2011 5:30pm PDT
tonight, the u.s. navy is now racing to the rescue in japan. where there is word that electricity is about to return to the fukushima nuclear plant, and the u.s. is flying in five giant pumps from a navy base in nagasaki. they are pumps that can deliver enormous amounts of water, after we all watched today as the helicopters tried to spray water, but to no avail. our reporters are out in force on the story tonight. and we will go to japan in a moment. but first, let's head to martha raddatz who has been talking all day to the u.s. officials who are now helping the japanese. martha? >> reporter: diane, every day, the nuclear monster seems to get more frightening. but there is some hope tonight from that big u.s. push to send in water pumps. this coming after last ditch efforts by the japanese failed. one expert told us it's like using a squirt gun to put out a forest fire. japanese fire trucks using riot control water hoses to tackle red hot nuclear reactors. helicopters swooping overhead, dropping bucket after bucket. every effort falling short. but here is the encouraging news. japa
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Mar 10, 2011 5:00pm PST
u.s. taxpayers renounced their citizenship in 2010 than in 2009. the latest figures show 1500 gave up citizenship compared with 742 the year before. what is behind the jump? the u.s. government is increasing efforts to find and tax hidden assets around the world. so it appears those who have a lot to hold on to would rather give up citizenship than be taxed on what they have. >> and a lot more to get to. coming up debit cards may have low charge limits. >> and you might be surprised who could soon give you a smart meter opt-out option. >> i'm sandhya patel. put umbrella as way tomorrow, goitsing to be dry. how long this will remain dry before more rain moves in, in the accu-weather forecast. >> it's bal for you -- back to school for you tube. >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >>> there is a possible break through in the continuing controversy over smart meter autos there is surprising support for letting us opt out. the president of the california public utilities commission ordered pg&e to come up with proposals on how customer koz opt out of the smart met
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Mar 24, 2011 11:35pm PDT
>>> tonight on "nightline," no-fly boys. an exclusive first look at the secret u.s. war strategy in libya. in the sky with the general in charge and for the first time, we hear from the marines who swooped in to rescue their downed comrades. >>> savage sex. he is the sex columnist whose raw advice has won his infamy and an ardent following. so, what is he really after? >>> and, atomic kataways. fear of nuclear catastrophe, a city evacuates, but some are held back by destiny, or duty. we're in japan with the incredible story of what it's like to be stranded in a nuclear ghost town. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," march 24th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm bill weir. there are indications there could be more huge and potentially bloody uprising in yemen and syria tomorrow, but as for the current revolution in libya, tonight brought news that the u.s. will hand over command to nato to enforce that no-fly sewn. but questions remain. what is the american role going forward. with gadha
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Mar 4, 2011 4:30am PST
san francisco international airport. american, delta, united, continental and u.s. airways all increased fares by between 10 and $20 per trip, depending on that trip. and that is just this week. keep in mind southwest, jet blue and air tran did not increase prices. also keep in mind that airlines sometimes boost prices one day, drop 'em the next. last week fares jumped $20 only to be reduced to $10 a couple days later. airlines are getting pretty darn close to the point where leisure travelers are going to be staying at home. but so far u.s. airways says february travel was strong and offset increased costs. they're talking about fuel prices, the second highest price ever for the month of march. the question that travelers have: what can we do to try to avoid these spikes and when do we exactly book our next trip? we'll have that answer for you, at least some suggestions coming up in half an hour. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> all right, terry. thank you very much. it's 4:32 now. the latest protest at u.c. berkeley ended after university administrators agreed to meet with stu
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Mar 21, 2011 7:00am PDT
missile strikes for the u.s. and allies against libya. now there is growing concern over how gadhafi will respond and whether he'll make good on his threat of terrorism. >>> and the latest from japan this morning. officials there saying the death toll now tops 18,000 this morning. an incredible number. and new concerns about radiation. contaminating, not only the tap water, but the vegetables there and seafood. we'll have a live report from the quake zone. >>> and in this country, a spring roared in california. snow, ice, rock slides shutting down major highways this morning. sam is standing by with the very latest on that. >> the first full day of spring, david. >>> let's get right to libya. and the latest actions by the u.s. and its allies. french fighter jets for the third day in a row, headed to libya. we have a team of correspondents, covering all of the angles this morning, starting with martha raddatz, in washington where she's been reporting all through the night. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the strikes have truly intensified. hitting military targets all over libya, in
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Mar 25, 2011 11:00pm PDT
for a handover. the changing level of u.s. involvement in libya. >> also, how -- how the deadly superbug and the drugs that can't fight. >> and the billionaire doing his civic duty. >> and then late other "nightline." >> coming up next on "nightline" the latest on nuclear nightmare in japan. the possible crack in the reactor there, and the south park guys bring dancing mormons to broadway. and a look at axe. a company that convinced men that sex appeal comes in a can. [ female announcer ] the jcpenney big one day sale is saturday! don't miss amazing 4-hour steals. like worthington separates -- 50% off. and stylish dress shirts or ties, just $19.99. find okie dokie for every cutie -- $4.99! and bright sheets, only $19.99. plus, with jcp cash, earn $10 off unlike other stores we don't make you come back to save! we make spring bright -- you make it bloom. go to jcp.com to see everything on sale. we make it affordable. you make it yours. jcpenney. >> closed captioning brought to >> closed captioning brought to >>> president obama will address the nation about libya on monday. the p
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Mar 19, 2011 5:00pm PDT
>> alan: the u.s. has launched the first tom ahack missiles against libya. the united states has officially entered the conflict in libya. 110 cruise missiles have lit up the skies skies in tripoli. here's more on operation odyssey dawn. >> u.s. missiles such as this one have fired the first salvo against libyan air defenses. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy and his forces step up their assault. >> the video of a libyan war plane shot down by rebels is a preview. war planes destroyed several of the rem scream's tanks. president obama warned moammar gadhafi over scenes like this. civilians were taking casualties. >> eunited states will contribute our unique capabilities at the front end of the mission to protect libyan civilians. >> foreign air forces are expected to carry out many of the attacks. the danish fighter jets arrived at u.s.a. fighter base in sicily. >> the no-fly zone is not in effect. >> we're creating the conditions to be able to set up the no-fly zone. >> while the u.s. is leading the front end of the attack, presiden
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Mar 13, 2011 7:00am PDT
bring down the cuban government. the u.s. condemned that verdict. gross was convicted of bringing satellite equipment to cuba to improve internet access for the country's jewish community. >>> and the afghan government says that four civilians were killed by a roadside bomb. the victims were driving in kandahar province in southern afghanistan on saturday when their vehicle hit the bomb. the taliban recently increased attacks on civilians there. >>> and finally, in bismarck, north dakota, the national guard had to be called in to rescue hundreds of people stranded in a blizzard. about 800 motorists were trapped in vehicles by huge snowstorm in whiteout conditions. two highways were closed by the snow. the weather here has been so nice, i keep forgetting that it's still winter out there. elsewhere. >> it is, ron. thank you. >>> speaking of weather, we want to turn to stephanie roberts from our tampa affiliate, wfts. good morning to you, stephanie. >> good morning. and speaking of winter we are looking at another storm system moving into the northwest part of the country and we'll s
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Mar 22, 2011 6:00pm PDT
the internet. >> and there is a first u.s. set back. the crew that ejected as it went down. >> and the alliance between the left and right on libya. what lawmakers think of the air assault. >>> a major step forward for workers in japan. [ male announcer ] it's aule of nature. you don't decide when vegetables reach the peak of perfection. the vegetables do. at green giant, we pick vegetables only when they're perfect. then freeze em fast so they're are as nutritious as fresh. [ green giant ] ho ho ho. ♪ green giant soft! hard! [ male announcer ] how do you decide between crunchy and soft tacos? why don't we have both? [ male announcer ] old el paso. hard and soft tacos. ♪ feed your fiesta. >>> and muammar gaddafi denounced the bombing and pledged forces will quote beat them. the coalition targeted gaddafi's forces for the fourth night as a compromise that started to emerge allowing the us to us hand over to nateo nato can only take over once all of the member nation as prove the plan. >> i said at the outset this was going to be a matter of days and not weeks and there is nothin
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Mar 3, 2011 5:30pm PST
spends hundreds of millions of dollars on u.s. schools, called out state officials for incompetence, wasting money and making grave mistakes about teaching american kids to succeed. and ron claiborne is here with what was really a wakeup call. >> reporter: that is right, diane. it is not often bill gates, one of the richest people in the world, inserts himself into one of the hot button issues in american politics. but he is doing that now, voicing radical ideas on how to make schools work and sharp criticism about who is to blame for why they have not. at today's conference, the soft-spoken gates was on the attack over how states are dealing with the crisis in american education. >> the guys at enron never would have done this. i mean, this is so blatant. so extreme. is anyone paying attention? >> reporter: for the past year, gates has been focused on how to make schools and teachers better. and how to pay for it. >> state budgets are a critical topic, because here's where we make the real trade-offs. if we make the wrong choices, education won't be funded the right way. >> reporte
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Mar 1, 2011 2:05am PST
increased pressure from u.s. and international leaders, american warships on their way as a show of force. and questions about gadhafi's mental status following an interview he gave to christiane amanpour, first interview to reporters since the uprising began. >> they love me, all. >> reporter: if they do love you -- >> they will die to pro pekt me, my people. >> reporter: if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing bengazi -- >> it is al qaeda, it is al qaeda, not my people. al qaeda, yes. >> now, he laughed off the idea that he would ever leave libya, asking why would i leave my homeland? >>> in washington, u.s. ambassador to the united nations says gadhafi's comments seem, quote, delusional and some strong reaction among the opposition forces in libya who have taken over the city of benghazi. alex marquardt reports. >> reporter: this is hatred for gadhafi. the react to the interview with christiane amanpour ranged from disbelief to fury. >> everybody, even he lies, he knows he's lying and he knows people listening to him are aware he's lying. >> reporter: as for his
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Mar 11, 2011 12:00am PST
6 or 7 major earthquakes in the past century. 8.9 u.s. gs gee logical survey. >> maybe top 5 if you look at the sheet. maybe top 5. >> if it stays at 8.9 that's true. >> wow! >> interesting david from u.s. gs we asked him about if you look at this list that we have largest earthquake in the world since 1900 15 on this list ranging from 8.5 up to 9.5. this one in japan toward the upper end of the range. none in california. and he said california just simply does not plate speaking can't produce an earthquake of that magnitude. at first it so you knowed comforting. it's a question of where it hps and when and not necessarily to the to get hung up on the magnitude in terms of the severity of what could happen here in california. >> dense population. maybe not all building codes up to standard. let change in again with sandy tracking the tsunami situation for us. >> the latest bulletin indicates that no tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for california oregon washington british columbia or alaska. tsunami warning is in effect for russia japan taiwan philippines now it inclu
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Mar 17, 2011 4:30am PDT
terrifying words by u.s. and european officials to describe the nuclear crisis in japan. military helicopters have been dumping loads of sea water to try to cool the fuel to prevent a nuclear meltdown. they predict low level radiation will lead to detectable in los angeles by tomorrow. they are sending chartered planes to japan for officials who want to leave. they are advising people to stay away 50 miles from the crippled power plant. now more on the nuclear crisis and the continuing search for survivors. >> rescuers in japan to search through debris pull bodies from the rubble makeshift morgues have been set up but with more than 4300 ten more than 10,000 still ambiguous. relief workers are overwhelmed. they waited patiently for food waters and gases with information difficult to come by frustration is growing. this woman says she is concerned radiation can't be seen. how do we know if it's in the air. maybe our food may be contaminated. this may be the world's worst nuclear disasters. >> units two and three containment cracked. unit four has a raging fire that is not contained
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Mar 20, 2011 6:00am PDT
>> and u.s. and coalition forces launch more air strikes over libya this morning while leader moammar gadhafi condemns the attack. good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm caroline tyler. spring officially begins later today, though winter season is going out with a powerful storm in the bay area this morning. let's check in with our meteorologist lisa. >> good morning, everyone. you can see the camera shaking a little bit. but the wind advisory has expired so we are looking to winds that will continue to subside throughout the morning hours. the front, it is hung up in the south bay around gilroy. you will notice the heavier shades of green and the yellow. but still widespread shower activity around the bay. a pretty good cell here right around lucas valley road. the rain extends southward and eastward into berkely. we are looking at heavier pockets as you head up toward 80. the sierra nevada where winter storm warning continues until 11:00 tonight. more cells here about to move into the east bay. the showers continue, the chance after thunderstorm throughout the da
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Mar 7, 2011 6:00am PST
universities allow foreigners to illegally enter the u.s. cites tri-valley in particular where 1500 students were enrolled. the school closed in january when it was found the school was a fraud. they're an immediate threat to our national security. >> bay area company making a big slash when it comes to sustainable seafood. the folks say once you get the news it will change the way you eat seafood. terry mcsweeney has the story. >> dinner has arrive add at the restaurant in cold valley. chef mike roone has bin plans. >> served over a light vinegarette and wantons. >> but just as important to chef roone where this fish is going is where it's from, how it's caught. in other words, is it sustainable seafood. for that he relied on ilovelucy.com. it's not necessarily wild, not necessarily farmed. >> one year ago they began selling to restaurants and caterers in the bay area as well as directly to consumers nationwide. shipping and recyclable cardboard. it only sells seafood approved by the monterey bay aquarium see food watch program. the ahi tuna is used and they do not use what they call bycatc
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Mar 18, 2011 5:30pm PDT
british, the u.s., the french, the arabs will all move in. >> let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable. >>> inside hell. for the first time, hear from the workers trapped inside those nuclear reactors when the earthquake hit. and tonight, the head of that plant breaks down in front of the cameras. >>> prince william speaking out and sharing what his grandmother told him about getting through the tough times. >>> and, everyday hero. how one man took one failing school and changed the future of all these kids in just five words. he's our "person of the week." >>> good evening. for one week now, we have been focused on the dangerous unknowns of the nuclear crisis in japan. but tonight, we begin with the unpredictable and dangerous mind of moammar gadhafi. today, president obama told americans that u.s. forces may be called into military action once again, this time, against gadhafi. joining other countries trying to keep the dictator from savaging his own people. tonight, we set out to answer three big questions. will other countries like england, france, arab nations really ta
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Mar 28, 2011 4:00am PDT
>>> making news in america this morning. >> president obama gets ready to make his case for the u.s. role in libya. today's speech to the nation comes as libyan rebels go on the offensive. >>> japan rattled by another earthquake as the credibility gap widens in confusing statements about that criminalled nuclear plant. >>> and back here at h final four final four bound. virginia commonwealth gets ready for another wild week after another march madness stunner. >>> good morning. we begin with libya where rebel forces are advancing on the capital tripoli this morning. >> and there's an unconfirmed report they've already taken moammar gadhafi's hometown which is a government stronghold, the rebels are benefitting from they air strikes by the international coalition. >> and tonight, president obama tells the american people why the u.s. thread effort. abc's emily schmidt joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: peggy and rob good morning to you. this is now day ten of the no-fly zone over libya. president obama plans to address the nation tonight about libya. he's expected to say
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Mar 13, 2011 6:00pm PDT
will rolling blockouts. >> alan: u.s. crews are arriving in japan to assist in the rescue operations. a disaster response team and two urban search and rescue teams have been dispatched at the request of the japanese government. one team is from los angeles. they will bring a dozen rescue dogs. al standing by off the -- also standing by off the coast is the uss ronald reagan. the deck of the carrier is being used as a staging area to deliver supplies. and the pentagon is sending a second aircraft carrier and an amphibious craft to the area. >> in a travel alert, the state department said americans should avoid tourism and unnecessary visits. despite that, flights are operating between the u.s. and japan. we caught up to several people catching a flight into the city of osaka, which was not impacted. many of them are people trying to get home to family. >> i've been looking online for a couple of friends. have been able to find a couple of them. when youfully japan, you get used to the earthquake but not this magnitude. >> my parents the biggest earthquake they experience,
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Mar 18, 2011 11:00am PDT
need from the u.s. they have provided five high pressure water pumps to assist in cooling the reactors. >> we're trying to bring the assets to bear to cool down the reactors, cool down the fuel rods and we hope it will take us in the right direction. >> to mark the one week anniversary of the tragedy, they observed a moment of silence, thousands continue to live in shelters, crude and scarce. others are evacuateing. >> we've been advised by the u.s. ambassador and by nuclear expert friend of mine that we should get out for now. >> the death toll has topped 6,000 and more than 10,000 are still missing. some evacuation centers say they are still waiting for relief one week after the quake hit. >> janelle wang is in u.c. berkeley where is one of places that is monitoring the radiation. what are you hearing? >> the nuclear engineering department here is sending the latest air samples and should be ready in an hour or so. there could be some activity but it would be so tiny it would be insignificant. to break it down, would you find thousands of counts of elements in the area. just basic ev
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Mar 1, 2011 5:30pm PST
the u.s. get up and either head to work or look for work. they're a group of women who are better educated than ever before. but they still make less than their male counterparts, on average, only 80% of what a man makes. this woman graduated with a masters from columbia and went to work for a magazine in new york city. her male counterpart with the exact same job and only a bachelor's degree was paid $3,000 a year more. >> i felt devalued. i felt like i didn't count. i felt inferior to my colleague. >> reporter: sometimes it's discrimination, but there are other factors, as well, behind pay inequity. >> one reason is they're not going into the kinds of fields that are high income producing. and so the president, since e l early on in the administration, has had an effort to encourage women and girls to go into science and technology and engineering math. >> reporter: we sat down this afternoon with three professional women to talk about the fact that women still make less than their male counterparts. >> something that i've seen is, women don't know -- they're unsure of how to ac
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Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm PDT
the u.s. prepares to hand over part of this giant operation, there is no question that u.s. forces and money will continue to be spent. martha raddatz, the only reporter to land on the "uss kearsarge" in the mediterranean, the nerve center of this attack, asking tough questions tonight about our overspent forces and our taxpayer dollars. martha? >> reporter: david, while america may be handing over more of the mission to allies here in the region, it's clear that america's servicemen and women will still be bearing a heavy load. and it's taxpayers paying a great deal of the bill. this is what the mission of protecting civilians in libya looks like today. british fighter jets high above the libyan desert scouring for targets. just outside a city, a column of libyan tanks threatening to fire. the british lock on, taking out one tank and then another with precision-guided missiles. six tanks destroyed in all. >> gadhafi has virtually no air defense left to him and a diminishing ability to command his forces on the ground. >> reporter: in the past 24 hours, of the nearly 100 strike mission
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Mar 8, 2011 4:00am PST
in libya. >> and here in the u.s., drivers are already making big changes. and in rare cases, some are having their gas stolen. >> can you imagine? emily schmidt is in washington, now, with more on the stolen gas. good morning, emily. >> reporter: peggy and rob, good morning to you. the rising gas prices mean you are getting less for your money. the amount to fill up your car this time last year, would leave you nearly a quarter-tank short at today's prices. another day, another record. with gas at a nationwide average of $3.52 a gallon, it's the highest ever for march. >> the profit is being taken away from us pretty much, with the fuel going up. it is kind of frustrating. >> reporter: this houston taxi driver is making less money each day. across the country, prices rose 14 cents in one week. they're up 39 cents, since protests began in libya. >> we're reacting on rumors. we're reacting to what's happening in libya. this is a total over react on some people's parts. let's see where this is taking us. >> reporter: there are no gas shortages yet. that doesn't mean consumers finding
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Mar 11, 2011 11:00am PST
aftershocks with magnitude 6.5. president obama says the u.s. will help the country. >> the images of destruction, flooding coming out of japan is heartbreaking. >> the city of over 12 million people major disruption. public transportation shut down. the city's two major airports closed. total damage is still being assessed but the dollar figure is expected to be astonishing. >> we asked the people of japan to continue to be cautious and vigilant, and we ask the people of japan to act calmly. >> japan's earthquake is the fifth largest in the world since the u.s. started keeping records in the 1900s. the strongest was a magnitude 9.5 in chile back in 1960. four years later a magnitude 9.2 in alaska. japan's quake quick triggered tsunami warnings in 50 nations along the pacific. just to give you an idea how strong, it was stronger here in the bay area. >> tsunami triggered warning sirens at dawn today. sheriff's deputies went door to door telling people to get to higher ground. officials say the tsunami caused severe damage to the harbor in crescent city. 35 vessels crashed into each
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm PDT
uranium may be melting down. u.s. orders all americans living within 50 miles to evacuate. four times larger than the area officials deemed safe. >> it's not about the quality of information but standards set by the nuclear regulatory commission here in the united states. and the kind of advice it could be giving should this happen in the united states. >> the last resort to manage this crisis would to be bury the reactor and 5,000 tons of concrete like was done at the chernyobl melt down. >> financial markets plunging over the crisis, stocks erased nearly all gains for the year. the dow fell about 2% of the value today. worst drop since last august. the nasdaq and s and p are also down. markets in japan have just opened for the day but have been trading down last few days as well. today in response to japan's nuclear crisis the epa deployed an additional 40 radiation monitors around the pacific rim. one reason, it says is to reassure americans about their safety. the nuclear crisis has grown, so have worries among californians seeing what appears to be failing efforts at the plant. a
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Mar 4, 2011 2:05am PST
"world news now" proof of life. >> what the u.s. government is stage also the reaction from the overjoyed family. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everyone. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for rob nelson. that agent was working in iran when he disappeared and now u.s. officials say though don't know why they're finally getting this evidence that he's still alive. >> and also ahead, more navy officers get called on the carpet and punished. that's after a navy commander filmed anti-gay videos on the ship. the angry words from the top brass. >>> coming up later, the uproar at northwestern university, it's outside chicago. the story involves a sex toy demonstration done in the classroom. >> yeah, wait until you hear about this. pretty -- pretty saucy stuff. i don't know how to describe it. >> you could go a lot of different ways there. we'll leave it there. >> very well. >>> first, nearly four years after vanishing in iran, there is proof of life. the u.s. government says this morning a missing retired fbi agent is alive. >>
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Mar 31, 2011 2:05am PDT
crisis we've seen in haiti and new zealand as well. see who's prepared here in the u.s. and who is not. you think earthquakes you think california but that's not the hot spot in the country. it's crazy. >> a lot of other zones. it would surprise you. >>> also ahead, the millions of taxpayer dollars that should be helping companies develop alternative energy. well, where is that money really going? why is congress now investigating? >>> later this half hour, the nonprofit company that developed a web browser that competes with microsoft's internet explorer. see why the new version of firefox is so different. daniel sieberg techs it out. i like to say that. >> techs it out. >>> a major wake-up call for our nation in the wake of suffering overseas. it comes from our top scientists saying the u.s. is nowhere near prepared for a major earthquake. >> which is really scary. 39 of the 50 states, in fact, are at moderate to high risk for an earthquake. one of the riskiest states is tennessee, which sits on a fault line. steve osunsami reports from memphis. >> reporter: experts told us the j
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Mar 21, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. america and its allies now just hours away from control of the skies. so what's next for u.s. forces, and what will gadhafi do now? >>> radiation in food from japan. >> fukushima fresh vegetables. >> we do our own tests. >>> and an american family after ten days of hope learns their daughter was lost trying to save others. >>> men, women and jobs. which sex is getting 90% of the new jobs and why? >>> and sibling secrets. are you an older or younger sibling? news about which order gives you an edge in health and happiness. >>> good evening. as we come on the air tonight beginning this week together, the united states is still in the middle of an international assault on moammar gadhafi's libya. but the battle is moving at breakneck speed. it is called "operation odyssey dawn," and as of tonight, the skies are clear. gadhafi's forces have come to a halt though there are still big questions. how soon can the u.s. hand over the lead to other countries? who are these libyan rebels, and are we even on the same side? and what is next? will gadhafi fold, or could this go on for years? we have tea
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